Planning for children
Effective planning and purposeful, achievable actions enable
positive change and outcomes for children and young people.
Hillside is committed to its mission statement and child care
principles and ensures these are an integral part of the care
planning and intervention programmes agreed through the Care
Planning and Review Meetings. We have high expectations on all
participants to ensure an effective response to meet the assessed
needs of children and young people.
Care Planning Meetings
Within five working days of a young person’s admission, a
Planning Meeting will be held, always attended by the young
person’s Social Worker and or YOT Worker. The young person will
also attend and family members will be encouraged to attend.
This meeting will be chaired by a Manager at Hillside and will
agree and set the placement aims and objectives, identifying the
actions and intervention necessary to achieve them. These actions
and interventions will already begin to identify issues related to
discharge planning to enable a successful return to the community,
when the time is right.
Within Hillside each young person is allocated a Plan
Coordinator, who manages and monitors the plan and a Keyworker to
undertake and organise the interventions and actions identified to
enable a successful placement. This will include referrals to any
of the specialist assessment and therapeutic interventions
available within Hillside.
Young Persons' Consultation
Each young person is actively encouraged to express their wishes
and feelings through the Care Planning process. They are able to
complete a Consultation document prior
to the meeting
Care Planning Reviews
All Care Plans will be formally reviewed and attended by all
relevant people after one month and at the identified statutory
times thereafter, which would not exceed three months. Monthly
interim progress review meetings will also take place between the
Plan Coordinator and or Keyworker, the young person and the Social
Worker / YOT Worker.
Review Meetings effectively monitor the progress being made by
the young person through the respective actions and interventions
agreed. The aims and objectives are also reviewed and amended to
ensure on-going progress, aimed at achieving positive placement
outcomes and effective value for money for placing Local
Authorities and agencies. Resettlement plans are also discussed
with the Review Meetings and we consistently find much work is
required within the community in preparation for a young person's
return. The Social Worker or YOT Worker will primarily undertake
this work and Hillside is able to provide significant support
through information giving, liaison and attendance at some external
As part of the care and resettlement plan Hillside is also able
to construct and implement a mobility plan. Subject to risk
assessments, mobilities (time outside Hillside) will be facilitated
by Hillside in order to prepare a young person for their return to
the community. The mobility plan will also be discussed and agreed
within the Care Plan Review Meeting. On occasions when it would not
be appropriate or possible for Hillside to undertake the mobility,
arrangements would be agreed with the Social Worker or YOT Worker
to ensure it took place.
The Care Planning focuses on all the child’s development
headings identified within the ‘Assessment Framework’ and touches
on parenting and family issues. This aims to ensure seamless
assessment, planning interventions and outcomes in respect to all
children and young people placed at Hillside.
Video Conferencing Facilities
Hillside has video conferencing facilities to enable young
people, their carers and professionals to maintain and promote
contact. The Video conferencing system can also facilitate contact
meetings, court appearances and care plan review meetings. These
are all subject to prior arrangement and approval.